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breast buds was a little alarming. >> reporter: but she's visiting from indianapolis. her grandmother was also concerned so they took the 6- year-old to see an endocrinologist who took a bone scan and is referring the little girl to the mayo clinic. >> they did some lab work testing the glands. they did check the pa true taker gland. >> reporter: the study found breast development at the age of 7 in 10% of the white girls surveyed, 23% of the black girls and 15% of hispanic girls. dr. gail bland at howard university hospital says it could mean trouble for young girls down the line. >> early cases of breast cancer, uterine cancer. these are things that people are thinking that this may be a problem later on in life. >> reporter: why the young girls are developing early is a mystery to the experts but there are a lot of theories. >> one being that the girls are heavier now. two, maybe the environment that we're living in. >> reporter: in addition to concerns that overweight children are more predisposed to early puberty, some researchers are speculating that chemicals used on lawns and
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